Katarina Idegård, on a street.
Katarina Idegård is the coordinator against honour-based violence and oppression in the City of Gothenburg. Credit: Josipa Kesic / Sveriges radio

School pupils may have been forced into marriage abroad

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Authorities suspect that as many as nine children from Gothenburg could have been forcibly married in their parents' home countries over the summer school break.

A large number of children have been reported missing in Sweden, having failed to return to school after their summer holidays. Katarina Idegård, coordinator against honour-based violence and oppression in the City of Gothenburg, tells Radio Sweden that at least nine preschool and school pupils in the city could have been subjected to honour-based oppression or violence, such as forced marriage and female genital mutilation.

Last year, Sweden's national unit against honour crimes launched a campaign to encourage young people to contact authorities after it found that girls were being sent to their parents' home countries over their summer holidays to be married off.

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